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Al_Khidr 09-13-2005 10:20 AM

Dell Latitude C600
Do anyone out there can tell what I should be doing to increase my FPS? I am trying to tweak the XF86Config to the max. I am aiming for the highest FPS as I can. When I run glxgears, my FPS is about 397 to 460. That is at a all time low. Like I said before, my laptop is a Dell Latitude C600. It has a ATI Rage 128 Mobility for video. And I have tried different things to tweak the XF86Config. The ChipID that people are saying on some of the forums are not exactly accurate. I've read from other sites and forums that the ChipID is chipid 0x4c46. Should I be trying to get the latest XFree86? I mean where do I begin? By the way, what is Slackware 10.1? Well whatever help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


JeanBrownHarrel 09-15-2005 01:30 AM

I have a Dell Latitude C600 laptop-Use Ubuntu maybe?
I have a Dell Latitude C600 laptop. The following distros work good with it:

1. Ubuntu 5.04-i386
2. Fedora Core 2-i386 [use boot/kernel parameters "acpi=off apm=on" and go into System Settings-->Server Settings-->Services and disable "acpid" and make sure that "apmd" is enabled and running and that should fix the blank screen problem when logging in and out.
3. Red Hat Linux 7.3-no blank screen problem because it uses APM and not ACPI and it just works good on my laptop with no problems I could see but I wanted something newer.

Red Hat Linux 8 to FC1 were too buggy and defective for my laptop. They just would not run on my laptop. FC3 is trash and it was a big headache on my laptop and other system as it is way way too buggy. FC4 is much much better than FC3 but still way too buggy and defective and has that blacklisted compiler "gcc-4.0" and I want my programs to compile without refusing to compile on a blacklisted compiler and I also want my cd/dvd drive to be able to burn cd/dvds without errors.

Debian and Mandrake did not work good at all with it. Mandrake had the worst blank screen problem of all and would not let me dual-boot. Debian had no blank screen problem but the low resolution 800x600 that I could not fix AND was real buggy on my lapto. I would go to use a program or do something and it would go crazy. One time it even unexpectedly logged me out when I tried to start a program. Don't use Debian and Mandrake on this laptop.

Ubuntu would probably be your best bet. It had my resolution on my Dell Latitude C600 laptop set at 1400x1050 and isn't that amazing? I thought it was 800x600 or even as much as 1024x768.

Try Ubuntu. That's my recommendation

Yours sincerely,

Jean Brown Harrell

Al_Khidr 09-17-2005 10:53 PM

The problems that you had wasn't any problems I was occuring. All I meant by FPS (Frames Per Second) is that it can increase. The higher the FPS are the better everything video & 3D would be. Do you know what should do in Mandrake. Mandrake seems to work out sweet. Besides, Mandrake has a better Package Manager, than any other distro I've ever seen. So I just need simple help with tweaking. Thank you......


craigevil 09-17-2005 11:12 PM

Debian works just fine on my Dell C600. (Ubuntu is a Debian based distro)
Here is my config file:

# XF86Config-4 (XFree86 server configuration file) generated by Dexconf, the
# Debian X Configuration tool, using values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config manual page.
# (Type "man XF86Config" at the shell prompt.)

Section "Files"
FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"

Section "ServerFlags"

Section "Module"
Load "ddc"
Load "GLcore"
Load "dbe"
Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "pex5"
Load "record"
Load "xie"
Load "bitmap"
Load "freetype"
Load "speedo"
Load "type1"
Load "vbe"
Load "int10"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"


Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Technologies Inc. Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x"
Driver "ati"
VideoRam 8192

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic LCD"
HorizSync 31.5-48
VertRefresh 40-70
# Option "DPMS"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "ATI Technologies Inc. Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x"
Monitor "Generic LCD"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
InputDevice "Generic Mouse"

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666

# end of XF86Config

Of course there is also the actual ATi drivers that you can install. I do not play any games that require 3d so I have never messed with them.

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